Sangiovese is one of my favorite grapes. Traditionally from Tuscany in Italy, Sangiovese is a robust grape that can be used to make wines similar in body to California Cabernets, Bordeaux, and Spanish Tempranillo. While Sangiovese is now grown in almost every wine producing country, it’s home is Italy and the Italians do an excellent job of using Sangiovese at multiple price points. When a sample of a Tuscan from Frescobaldi arrived, it seemed like a good time to revisit an old friend.
The 2008 Frescobaldi Remole is a typical Tuscan blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. A light ruby or garnet color in the class, it has scents of plum and berries on the nose. At first taste, it is not an expressive wine, but it opens up with flavors of black cherry with a hint of pepper when paired with food. Higher in tannis than many other wines at its price point (retail price $10), it is best consumed with food (Rating ***1/2).